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upgrading to a silent PC


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kamille316

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I'm thinking of completely getting rid of all the DELL components that I have (hoping that I wouldn't have to pay a lot for tax this year).
I already have these components:
Intel Q6600
Corsair HX620
Samsung dvd writer
1 x 250gb, 1 500gb WD SATA hard drive
BFG 8800GT OC

I have picked out these components:
Motherboard -> Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R ATX LGA775 Conroe P35 DDR2 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 SATA RAID Sound GBLAN
I like this one because it has 8 SATA ports; I am unsure what this means though 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers, does this one mean its a connector for the front USB ports?

Computer Case -> Coolermaster CM 690
Would there be space behind the motherboard to hide cables like in Antec P182? I mainly selected this case because I want a silent one that isn't too heavy/big. My current case is not very good and fans inside are very loud.
The biggest thing I need help on would be selecting which silent fans to buy. I have heard the Noctua fans are very good. If I am going with this one, should I spend another $1 for the 1300RPM? would that be worth it? Are there any fans that's better and cheaper than the Noctua?
I might replace the blue LED fan at the front when I get some money too.

Memory -> I'm getting the Mushkin ones, I like the look and I'm avoiding Corsair RAM.

Last thing would be the CPU cooler, I might try OC'ing in the future hence why I want one.
Should I go with the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro or the Scythe Katana 2 CPU Cooler?

Thanks for reading,
Kamille
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stettybet0

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Hey Kamille, I'm not much into silent computing, but I can answer a few questions.

I am unsure what this means though 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers, does this one mean its a connector for the front USB ports?

Yup. :)

And for the CPU cooler, in terms of cooling the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro would be a better choice. However, the best CPU cooler available (the ZALMAN CNPS9700) is also very quiet. The CNPS stands for Computer Noise Prevention System.
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Thanks stettybet0 :)

I also forgot to mention that I currently have Arctic Silver 5 and G0 stepping for the Q6600.
I also have no experience in overclocking and prefer non-LED fans, that's why I will eventually replace the front LED fan.

Edited by kamille316, 19 February 2008 - 07:11 PM.

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I went ahead and got the Noctua case fans and the Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro. Hopefully it doesn't ship with UPS or FedEx :)
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